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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 21, 2009, Athens, Alabama Thursday, May 21, 2009 Index Business......................5 A Classified .....................4B Comics.......................3B Ledger .......................6A Obituaries ....................2A Effie Lucille Peace Davis Gladys Loucille Kilpatrick Lyle Bobinson Sports ........................IB Weather......................2A Online edition d your amateur photos onlir under Photo Gallery at Visit us Inside Today Scrushy denies role in fraud Testifying publicly for the first time about the financial debacle at HealthSouth Corp., fired CEO Richard Scrushy denied any involvement with the accounting swindle that engulfed the rehabilitation firm. BUSINESS, PAGE 5A Uncle Frank helps fix Hubble Sometimes all the high-tech training is nothing compared to what Uncle Frank and a big screwdriver can teach an astronaut about removing stubborn parts. PAGE 2A Unit to deploy Father’s Day Athens' 203rd battalion honored; deployment ceremony set for June By Kelly Kazek kelly \a)a tin msne\\ s-c x>uricr. com Maj. Robert J. Cook knows sacrifice — and he knows it is not always soldiers who are making it. At an event Wednesday where members of the 203rd Military Police Battalion of the Army National Guard in Athens were honored, Cook said it is the families of soldiers who sacrifice when the men and women are deployed, as his unit will be in June. “The real people who are sacrificing are our families,” he said. “The people who stay See Deploy, page 3A NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Maj. Robert J. Cook, executive officer with the 203rd Military Police Battalion with the Alabama Army National Guard in Athens, responds to honors bestowed on the unit during a picnic Wednesday for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. The men and women of the unit, some of whom line the wall beside Cook, will deploy June 21 for Irag. At left, Cook gets a hug from RSVP Director Betty Ruth. Serving those who serve NEWS COURIER/KIM RYNDERS Picnic honors community volunteers A Picnic in the Park was held at Lincoln-Bridgeforth Park on Wednesday to honor those who help with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Above, Dr. Angie Nazaretian shows her patriotism in an Uncle Sam outfit. At right, Ardmore Police Chief William “Doc” Oliver is given a fishing pole by RSVP Director Betty Ruth in honor of his upcoming retirement. Subscribe Madison must reimburse Athens for training Get the news with your morning coffee SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720 7    69847    00001 By Karen Middleton [email protected] ctnn The city of Madison has been ordered to repay Lthens Water Department $39,834.08 as reimbursement for training a certified worker. Athens filed a lawsuit against the Madison wa-ir board in March 2005 after an employee left for Tadison, said Water/Wastewater Manager John tockton. “State law requires compensation for training a srtified operator if one municipality has trained le person and they leave during a certain time pe-od,” said Stockton. Stockton said he does not remember how soon the operator left Athens after earning certification, but he said it must have been within the two-year limit the law mandates. A Limestone County Circuit Court judge ruled in Athens’ favor, but Madison appealed the ruling and got the repayment amount reduced. “It’s fairly expensive to train and get a person to the point of certification,” said Stockton. “It can take from one year to three or four years of formal training for a person to get a license.” See Training, page 2A Tactics of AHS coach questioned by parents By Jean Cole jean11 Parents of some Athens High School softball players say the varsity coach’s discipline is running off players, angering some parents and threatening the future of softball at the school. They say the fact that the Class 5A school has only II players, six to eight players who have quit over the past three years and no junior varsity squad despite a new $3 million baseball and softball complex is proof of a problem. Limestone County Schools have junior varsity teams, as does Athens Bible School. But other parents say second-year head coach Kelly Hendrix — a former Alabama A&M University softball player — is doing a good job but admit she is tough. They think some of the players who quit simply did not want to work as hard as the coach required. Parent Greg McAlister makes no bones about wanting Hendrix replaced but said he is mainly worried about the team’s future. He will share his con- See Softball, page 7A Local man says he’ll hold out for PACT to pay up By Karen Middleton karemSa Chris Stanford said he purchased a Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Plan when his 8-year-old son was still an infant and he intends to hang with the financially troubled state program until he gets what he was promised — an education for his son. “The way I see it is that it is a contractual obligation and I don’t want any more or any less than I signed to get,” said Stanford. The program’s assets have plunged in value and it now has about half the money it needs to meet its future tuition obligations for the 48,000 participants. PACT, which had nearly 70 percent of See PACT, page 3A Vick released from prison for home confinement PAGE IBThe News Couri Serving Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Futu ;